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Chapter 21. In the Hot Seat: Writing Und... > When the Meter's Running - Pg. 243

In the Hot Seat: Writing Under Pressure 6. 7. 243 Relax the day before.If you relieve the pressure the day before, you're less likely to shift into panic mode while you're writing. So take your mind off the test by doing something you enjoy. Get your ducks in a row.The night before, lay out your clothing, writing implements, watch, and other necessaries. For example, to take nationwide standardized tests such as the SAT, you need identification to get into the test room. Be sure to have a valid driver's license, school ID, or passport or you won't even be admitted to the test. Author! Author! Today, many tests that were traditionally short-answer formats, such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), contain an essay. More and more standardized tests are moving in this direction, too. That's because essay tests assess the higher-order critical thinking skills you need to succeed, such as anal- ysis, evaluation, and explication. Short-answer tests hit only the facts, not how you express them. 8. Make sure you know where you're going.If you haven't been to the test site before, make sure you have good directions. It's not a bad idea to take a dry run to the site a day or two before the actual test, so you'll know how to get there when it really matters. This is especially important for directionally challenged people like me.